A History of Federal Government Shutdowns

 

Below is a chart showing the last 18 shutdowns of the United States Federal Government since 1976.

Year
Date Government Shutdown Began
Full day(s) of Government Shutdown
Date Government Shutdown Ended

1976

Thursday 09-30-76

10

Monday 10-11-76

1977

Friday 09-30-77

12

Thursday 10-13-17

1977

Monday 10-31-77

8

Wednesday 11-09-77

1977

Wednesday 11-30-77

8

Friday 12-09-77

1978

Saturday 09-30-78

17

Wednesday 10-18-78

1979

Sunday 09-30-79

11

Friday 10-12-79

1981

Friday 11-20-81

2

Monday 11-23-81

1982

Thursday 9-30-82

1

Saturday 10-2-82

1982

Friday 12-17-82

3

Tuesday 12-21-82

1983

Thursday 11-10-83

3

Monday 11-14-83

1984

Sunday 9-30-84

2

Wednesday 10-3-84

1984

Wednesday 10-3-84

1

Friday 10-5-84

1986

Thursday 10-16-86

1

Saturday 10-18-86

1987

Friday 12-18-87

1

Sunday 12-20-87

1990

Friday 10-5-90

3

Tuesday 10-9-90

1995

Monday 11-13-95

5

Sunday 11-19-95

1995-1996

Friday 12-15-95

21

Saturday 1-6-96

2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ongoing

Unknown

In, April, 2011, President Obama and the Republican leadeship in the House of Representatives managed to reach a budget agreement that prevented the first Federal Government Shutdown of the 21st Century.

Politics being what they are, the ongoing budget and philosophical differences over Obamacare, resulted in an impasse between the Tea Party faction of the Republian-controlled House and the Obama White House. As a result, the first Federal government shutdown of the 21st Century began on October 1, 2013.

 

Source: The Congressional Research Service Report 98-844: Shutdown of the Federal Government:

Causes, Effects, and Process

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